Dec. 12, 2006
WACO, Texas -
#9/#12 Baylor (9-1) vs. UA-Pine Bluff (0-7)
Wednesday, Dec. 13 - 7 p.m. (CT)
Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
BAYLOR Lady Bears
IN THE POLLS
9 - Associated Press
12 - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Angela Tisdale - Jr., G, 5-5 - 10.6 ppg, 4.4 apg
Jhasmin Player - So., G, 5-10 - 5.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Jessica Morrow - So., G, 6-2 - 9.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Rachel Allison - So., P, 6-1 - 7.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Bernice Mosby - Sr., P, 6-1 - 19.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg
UA-PINE BLUFF Lady Lions
IN THE POLLS
NR - Associated Press
NR - USA Today/ESPN Coaches
Kim Reeves - Jr., G, 5-7 - 2.1 ppg, 1.4 apg
Delores Hughley - Jr., G, 5-6 - 14.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Arica Green - So., F, 5-9 - 10.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg
Latoya Thomas - Sr., F, 5-11 - 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Ciara Shields - So., F, 5-11 - 4.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
LADY BEAR CARE BEAR DRIVE
The Lady Bears Care Bear Drive presented by First National Bank McGregor/South Bosque will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Lady Bears basketball game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In addition, mini balls will be given to the first 500 fans.
Fans that bring a new teddy bear will receive half price admission. The Lady Bear basketball team will deliver the new teddy bears to the children in Kidsville at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center the following day.
All fans are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear. Fans that donate a new teddy bear will be entered into a drawing that will be held at halftime to win a gift card to a Waco business.
FIRST TELEVISION APPEARANCE OF SEASON
The Lady Bears will make their first television appearance of the season as they travel to southern California to take on the UCLA Bruins in historic Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m. (Central). The game, broadcast live on FOX Sports Network (FSN), will be seen by the following FSN regions: Arizona, Bay Area, Florida, Midwest, New England, New York, North (Wisconsin), Northwest, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain, South, Southwest, Prime Ticket and Comcast Philadelphia.
The Baylor Lady Bears are coming off a tough stretch 10 games in a 24-day span, which included three top 25 teams, to begin the season.
Despite the exhausting schedule, the Lady Bears have managed to post a 9-1 record which includes wins over ninth-ranked LSU and No. 22 BYU and a championship of the Junkanoo Jam's Lucaya Division.
The Lady Bears are playing their most challenging non-conference schedule in program history. Baylor has played three teams ranked among the Associated Press' top 25 (No. 9 Purdue, No. 11 LSU, No. 23 BYU) and two others who are receiving votes (Hofstra, South Dakota State). In addition, Baylor's Dec. 17 opponent, UCLA, is receiving votes in the AP Poll.
Nine games into the season, two players are averaging double-digit scoring.
Senior All-America candidate Bernice Mosby leads the way with 19.1 a game while junior point guard Angela Tisdale scores 10.6 points. Mosby is averaging a team-leading 9.8 rebounds a game while sophomore post Rachel Allison is the squad's second-leading rebounder with 7.5 a game and is followed by freshman post Danielle Wilson's 6.1. In addition, Wilson and sophomore Jessica Morrow are just below the double-digit mark in scoring with 9.8 and 9.1 points a game, respectively.
ON DECEMBER 13
Tonight's game marks the seventh time the Lady Bears have played on Dec. 13. Baylor is 5-1 in games played on that date including a 4-1 record at Waco and an 1-0 road mark. On three occasions on this date the Lady Bears have limited their opponents to under 38 points. In 1977 BU posted a 97-32 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor, limited McNeese State to just 36 points (72-36) in 2005 and held Texas Southern to 37 points (109-37) in 1997. Baylor's lone loss on Dec. 13 was a 67-66 decision to UT-San Antonio at Waco in 1983.
SCOUTING THE LADY LIONS
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions, currently 0-7 on the season, travel to Waco after playing at the University of Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon.
Head coach Danny Evans is in his second season at the Lady Lion program. He owns a career record of 7-28.
The Lady Lions have played a tough schedule thus far with six of their seven contest on the road. They have lost at Michigan (80-50), at Cincinnati (89-65), at Mississippi (79-46), at Arkansas State (87-55), at Oral Roberts (74-54), at Oklahoma (87-42) and a home contest against Indiana State (116-73).
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is led by 5-6 junior guard Delores Hughley's 14.7 points a game. Arica Green, a 5-9 sophomore guard, completes the Lady Lions' double-digit scoring with 10.9 an outing. Green also is the team's top rebounder at 4.7 a contest.
This will be the second meeting between the two schools. Baylor holds a 1-0 lead after posting an 89-55 victory on Dec. 20, 2001 at Waco.
VERSUS THE SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
This will be Baylor's 25th contest against a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) team and the first of two games against SWAC schools this season. The Lady Bears will host Prairie View A&M on Dec. 30.
BAYLOR IN THE RANKINGS
The Lady Bears are ranked in both major polls. They are listed at No. 9 in the most recent (Nov. 11) AP Poll which extends their school-record streak to 54 straight weeks. Baylor cracked the top 10 for the first time this season and the 48th time in program history. BU is also ranked No. 12 in the current USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
If the Lady Bears continue their current pace blocking shots, they could break the record for blocks in a season that the 2002-03 squad set in 35 games with 204. At this point of the season in 2002-03 the Lady Bears had blocked 82 shots, while the current Baylor squad has blocked 85 so far.
In fact, Wilson could set a record for blocked shots by a Baylor freshman. She currently has 33 and former Lady Bear Sophia Young owns the top mark at 43 during her rookie season in 2002-03.
Wilson continues to dominate the Big 12 Conference statistics in blocked shots with 33. Her nearest competitor is Oklahoma's Courtney Paris with 22.
EMERGING FROM A DRY SPELL
In the three games prior to the victory over Southeast Missouri State (SEMO), the Lady Bears had struggled from long distance. They were 2-23 (.087) over that span from three-point range. In the two games since that time (SEMO and Sam Houston State), the Lady Bears have lit up the nets from beyond the arc, going 16-of-29 (.552). The trio of Angela Tisdale, Latara Darrett and Jessica Morrow are a combined 15-of-24 (.625) during that span. Darrett, a freshman, was 6-of-9, Tisdale 6-for-12 and Morrow drained all three of her attempts.
ON A STREAK
Junior Angela Tisdale has a free throw streak of 18 straight. Her last miss from the charity stripe came on Nov. 21 versus eighth-ranked LSU. The 5-5 point guard leads the Big 12 Conference in free throw percentage at .918 and ranks No. 18 nationally.
DECEMBER IS MONEY FOR MULKEY
In her seven seasons at the helm of the Lady Bear program, Kim Mulkey's December record is 40-1. Her only loss during December came at seventh-ranked Penn State (74-63) in 2003. Under her guidance, the Lady Bears are 24-0 in the Ferrell Center in December and 16-1 on the road.
Under Coach Mulkey, Baylor sports a 50-3 non-conference mark in the Ferrell Center, with two losses coming in postseason play. In 2002 Baylor lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Drake, 76-72 and lost to Auburn (64-63) in the championship game of the 2003 Postseason WNIT. Purdue ended Baylor's 20-game non-league win streak on Nov. 19.
Baylor's overall record versus non-conference opponents since Coach Mulkey's arrival is 101-14.
MULKEY VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
With Baylor's victory over ninth-ranked LSU on Tuesday, Nov. 21, head coach Kim Mulkey is now 32-31 against ranked opponents, including a 2-1 record this season.
Since a 69-55 loss to No. 15 Texas A&M during the 2004-05 season, Baylor is 16-6 versus ranked opponents.
BU ONE OF WINNINGEST TEAMS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Over the last five seasons, the Lady Bears rank among the nation's top programs in both winning percentage and victories.
Baylor sits at No. 11, the highest ranking Big 12 team, in winning percentage at .791 (136-36).Kansas State sits at No. 12 while Oklahoma is No. 19.
The Lady Bears are No. 7 when ranked by victories (136), also tops among Big 12 teams.
When she's in the game, freshman post Danielle Wilson has the ability to alter the opponent's game plan. In just 10 games Wilson has used her expansive wing span (82 1/4") to block a team- and league-leading 33 shots for an average of 3.3 an outing. In fact, Wilson has recorded at least two blocks in nine-of10 games this season.
Wilson broke Oklahoma's Courtney Paris' WNIT blocked shot record. Paris set her record last season with 12, Wilson finished Preseason WNIT competition with 20.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE FIGURES
In unofficial NCAA Division I attendance figures compiled by the University of Wisconsin, Baylor currently ranks No. 14 with an average of 5,285 per contest. Big 12 Conference schools Texas Tech (No. 3, 10,136), Iowa State (No. 4, 9,942) and Oklahoma (No. 5, 9,632) currently rank ahead of Baylor.